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Drama Program Flexes Its Muscles

May 17, 2013
By Brian Berry of Yoncalla High School



Drama Program Flexes Its Muscles

When the lights went up on Friday night, the students involved in the play “The Foreigner” were excited.  They had spent the past four months rehearsing, building the set and making the costumes for the play wondering if anyone would show up.  “It’s always a major concern when students put in this much work and you do not know if people will show up,” said Principal Brian Berry.   However, show up they did!  On the first night a packed house of community members, former students and current students showed up to see what all the excitement was about.  Two hours later, after the cast was receiving a standing ovation, they learned that the drama students had put on the best presentation at YHS in years.  “I knew that this was going to be an incredible performance.  The kids have been working hard and they were ready to show all who came to see them what drama at Yoncalla High School is all about,” stated Gar Rodgers, head of the drama program at YHS. 

The drama program has been a non-funded program over the past few years and is strictly produced through donations.  “This is one of those programs that we have been able to prioritize, like music, as something that needs to be offered to our students,” said Berry.  Rodgers and the drama students have done numerous fundraisers throughout the year to raise money to build the set and pay for royalties for the show.  They have also relied on the talents of YHS students such as David Adkisson who was able to use his own equipment to help with the sound and Kali Botner who helped put together the costumes. 

The play was a complete success and the students are excited to begin work for next year’s production.  Senior Clayton Thielman said, “That was incredible.  Man, I’m kind off sorry I’m graduating and will not be in next year’s play.”     Senior Austyn Pacini said, “This is supposed to be about community, and I am proud of ours for supporting us this year.”  Rodgers will spend the next few months with students picking out material for next year’s play.  After choosing the play, the intense practice schedule will start all over again.  Thanks to all who supported the drama program at YHS!


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